Street name after Simon on the cards
By Michael Uugwanga
FORMER World Boxing Organisation (WBO) middleweight champion and the first Namibian to win a world title, legendary boxer Harry ‘Terminator’ Simon could finally be honoured with a street name in his hometown of Walvis Bay.
This is after the Municipality of Walvis Bay received motivational proposals from individuals to consider naming a street after Simon (48) who is arguably considered the best boxer ever to come out of Namibia.
For many years people have been asking why Simon who was the first Namibian boxer to win a world title not honoured with a street name.
Simon held the WBO junior middleweight title from 1998 to 2001 and the WBO middleweight title in 2002, and is yet to taste defeat in his professional career.
Last week, the spokesperson of the Municipality of Walvis Bay, Kevin Adams told Confidente Sport that a decision to name a street after Simon was motivated by individuals with reasons as to why Simon should be bestowed with such an honour.
“As discussed, the proposal should be submitted to the street naming committee of which the secretary is Jan Kruger,” said Adams.
Kruger who is also the manager for corporate services within the municipality said that his office had received proposals and that the matter will be looked into.
“The motivation was well received and will be submitted to the Suburb and Street Naming Committee for consideration once it is possible for them to meet again,” said Kruger.
Retired, great Namibian athletes such as Frank Fredericks, Luketz Swartbooi and still active Paralympian runner Johanna Benson are the only athletes to have streets named after them, thanks to their international recognitions.
Fredericks (53), now a renowned businessman is a four-time silver medal winner at the Olympics, and was the first Namibian athlete to have a street named after him in Windhoek, while Swartbooi (55) who is arguably the greatest male marathon runner to come out of Namibia was last month honoured with a street name in his hometown, Rehoboth.
Swartbooi still holds the Rössing Marathon record with a time of 2:11:23, which still stands since he broke it in 1992.
Swartbooi is currently a full-time employee at the Rehoboth Town Council and was part of the country’s 1992 Summer Olympic team in Barcelona, Spain alongside Fredericks and Simon.
Benson (31) who also hails from Walvis Bay became the first Namibian athlete to win a gold medal at any Olympic Games following her win in the Women’s 200m T37 at the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games held in London, and was rewarded with N$170 000 in cash for the medals, a house in Walvis Bay, a street name and a diplomatic passport by government.
Benson currently works as an assistant human resources manager at Hangana Seafood in Walvis Bay.